Sydney Thunder Signs Alex Hales For Big Bash League 2019-20
Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder has signed England opening batsman Alex Hales for the upcoming season of the league. Hales will join South African all-rounder Chris Morris as the second overseas player for the franchise. The flamboyant batsman will like to make the most of his opportunity to play for Sydney Thunder.
The right-hander is in fine form as he had scored 418 runs in 12 matches of the T20 Blast. Thus, the combative batsman will like to continue his good form going. Hales is looking forward to playing for Sydney Thunder with all the excitement. Furthermore, Hales is excited to play under the tutelage of Thunder’s coach Shane Bond.
Hales is in fine form.
“I really can’t wait to return to the Big Bash,” Hales said. “It’s such a hugely respected tournament around the world. The standard of cricket is amazing and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“Sydney Thunder is the full package. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, getting the chance to work with Shane Bond – who is a highly respected coach – and it’s a young club, so hopefully, I can be part of building a successful family there. As an opener, you want to be one of the leading run-scorers, so that’s definitely one of my aims.”
On the other hand, Shane Bond is also excited to have Alex Hales on board. Hales is one of the best T20 batsmen in the world and Bond will like to get the best of England’s batsman. Bond has also observed Hales from close corners when he coached Mumbai Indians.
“He’s one of the best T20 batters in the world. To have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up,” Shane Bond said. “I spent a little bit of time with him at the Mumbai Indians and came up against him when I coached New Zealand and he smacked us a number of times.
“He’s one of the most destructive batters, is an outstanding fielder and is also obviously a highly experienced player. He’s highly respected at Notts and does a great job with their young players. With players like Sangha, Gilkes, and Davies, to have someone who has been there and done that, Alex has played in leagues all around the world and is an outstanding batsman in this format. To have someone like him to learn off is perfect.”
Sydney Thunder will begin their BBL 2019-20 campaign against Brisbane Heat on 17th December at the Gabba.
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